PCC TRiO Students Tour N.C. State Campus

Wolf sculptures on the N.C. State University campus.

RALEIGH—A group of TRiO Student Support Services participants from Pitt Community College visited North Carolina State University this month to learn about college transfer opportunities.

With PCC on fall break, the students toured N.C. State’s traditional and Centennial campuses on Oct. 14. Dr. Travis Kinsey, director of PCC TRiO programs, said the visit was part of his program’s efforts to increase graduation and college transfer rates among participants.

During their visit, the PCC contingent listened to N.C. State TRiO participants describe how they successfully transitioned to the university. Kinsey said many of the speakers were first-generation students who transferred to NCSU from community colleges.

“A college visit is an ideal time for our students to get answers to important questions,” Kinsey said. “With access to first-generation students, financial aid/admissions staff and faculty members, they were able to learn more about class sizes, campus life and details on scholarship assistance.”

The 15 students who toured N.C. State also met with academic advisors from the Poole College of Management to learn about its programs and services. Kinsey said many of Pitt’s TRiO participants plan to transfer into one of the NCSU business school’s programs, and he noted that three students who made the trip “officially decided to transfer to N.C. State” following their visit.

Kinsey said TRiO students will visit several more campuses during the 2022-23 academic year, including East Carolina University, Fayetteville State, N.C. A&T University, North Carolina Central and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.